Proverbs 17:9

“He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

He that couereth a transgression, seeketh loue; but he that repeateth a matter, separateth very friends.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; But he that harpeth on a matter separateth chief friends.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He who keeps a sin covered is looking for love; but he who keeps on talking of a thing makes division between friends.
- Basic English Bible

He that covereth transgression seeketh love; but he that bringeth a matter up again separateth very friends.
- Darby Bible

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
- Webster's Bible

He who covers an offense promotes love; but he who repeats a matter separates best friends.
- World English Bible

Whoso is covering transgression is seeking love, And whoso is repeating a matter Is separating a familiar friend.
- Youngs Literal Bible

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that harpeth on a matter estrangeth a familiar friend.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 17:9


17:9 Covereth - That conceals as far as he may, other mens faults.


Discussion for Proverbs 17:9

  • Timothy Wayne George for verse 9
    When you find out something about someone, that may damage their reputation, then it is important not to publish that matter. Gossip separates close friends, and God hates sowing discord among the brothers. Love covers a multitude of sins, and Jesus said if you catch your brother in a sin, go to him, and rebuke him. If he repents, then forgive him. We stand in the defense of the gospel, and when we do discipline this way, the body of Christ is strengthened. Solomon was the wisest man that lived, and the Holy Spirit used him to pen these words of wisdom for our edification.

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